12 Indicted for Allegedly Using 52 Stolen Credit Cards at Five Atlantic City Casinos
12 people from New York were indicted Wednesday for allegedly using 52 stolen credit cards in five Atlantic City casinos to perpetrate a cash advance scheme that stole nearly $300,000 from banks that guaranteed the transactions.
Each of the twelve New Yorkers were charged with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree identity theft, second-degree theft by deception and third-degree fraudulent use of a credit card. The indictment alleges that over the course several days in May, 2011, ten of the defendants entered casinos and conducted cash withdrawals at >a href="http://wpg1450.com/tags/showboat/">Showboat, Tropicana, Caesars, Harrah’s, and Bally’s. When they allegedly conducted the transactions, they presented real identification but used fraudulent credit cards embossed with their name; the magnetic strip embedded on the card belonged to a credit card in another person’s name.
The Division of Criminal Justice is alleging that those 10 defendants were acting at the direction of Lena Guralnik of Bronx, NY, and Intiaz Khan of New Windsor, NY, who led the ring by transporting the group to Atlantic City, providing them with stolen credit cards, and supervising the transactions. Guralnik and Khan also allegedly kept the bulk of the stolen cash.
According to the State, the ten defendants stole anywhere from $2,000 to $70,000. One of the ten people allegedly used fourteen different fraudulent credit cards at five casinos in 60 separate cash advance transactions.